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Chemical Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering, MEng (Hons)

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Chemical Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering, MEng (Hons) - at Newcastle University

Course Overview

Bioprocess engineering is the branch of chemical engineering that focuses on the role of living organisms in the manufacturing process, such as fermentation to produce alcohol.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MEng Honours

Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points

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Professionally accredited
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It is key to several growth industries, such as the production of biofuels and new medicines.

This professionally accredited MEng Honours degree focuses on the use of bioreactors and their effective design, modelling, monitoring and control.

You will study specialist topics such as:

  • biotechnology
  • cell and molecular biology
  • gene technology

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

At Newcastle you'll join a School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials with a long-standing reputation for teaching quality and student support:

  • top 10 in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017
  • a 91% overall student satisfaction score, ranking us 7th in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey
  • Chemical Engineering at Newcastle also ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation


All of our degrees are accredited by:

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Institute of Measurement and Control

IChemE accreditation means our degrees meet the standards set by the chemical engineering profession, providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

BEng or MEng?

Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Chemical Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Our MEng degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) as they completely satisfy the academic requirements to achieve this professional qualification. This means you will not have to undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.

Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master's degree, or appropriate further learning to Master's level. A BEng is also suitable for international students who don't need British Chartered Engineer status.

Find out more

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council's website.

Find out how to obtain Chartership through IChemE on IChemE's Get Chartered website.

What you will study

What you will study

Flexible degree structure

All of our Chemical Engineering degrees (except our Industry degree) cover the same study programme for the first three years. This means that transfer between our degrees (except the Industry degree) is possible up to the end of Stage 3 should you find your interests change, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard. 

Transfer to or from our Industry degree is also possible up to the end of Stage 2, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard.

Core curriculum (first three years)

We introduce you to core engineering, maths and science principles underpinning the design of a chemical engineering process plant.

You will learn everything from controlling chemical reaction rates to using specialist computer software to solve chemical and process engineering problems.

Study topics include:

  • how to perform, measure, analyse and manipulate chemical reactions
  • basic types of mass, heat and momentum transfer
  • the design criteria for heat exchangers and other plant equipment used in process plants

In the third year you bring all this knowledge together to design a process plant in a team.

Fourth year (MEng only)

If you are studying an MEng degree, you take specialist modules in your fourth year - see the Course Details.

Work placement and study abroad

Work placement and study abroad

Work placement

If you want to gain valuable workplace skills and stand out in the graduate market place, you can take a paid work placement. We have strong links with over 100 companies, including: P&G; MSD; ExxonMobil.

The School and the University Careers Service will help you to find potential employers and guide you through the application process. You take your placement after second year (BEng students) or third year (MEng students). It adds a year to the length of your degree and does not count towards your final degree mark.

Study abroad

In your final year you complete an individual design project and substantial research project

With the agreement of the Degree Programme Director, you can carry out your research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide. Locations include Australia and Singapore.

Facilities and support

As a chemical engineering student at Newcastle, you will join our School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials.


Facilities include:

  • a state-of-the-art BioLab, providing access to a range of small scale unit operations and the latest equipment
  • a recently upgraded pilot plant laboratory
  • modern bench-top experimental equipment
  • an interactive video teaching system
  • high-specification fume cupboards for handling volatile chemicals
  • two dedicated computing suites, running specialised industry-standard computer software

Take a virtual tour of our facilities. 


You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points

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